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After images of Ferrari’s new limited-run supercar, called the Monza, were leaked online, the iconic Italian brand has released official shots of the ultra-exclusive model. And it’s one hell of a showstopper.
Photos were taken this week at a behind-closed-doors event for the Italian manufacturer’s most loyal customers, during which the company previewed the new machine’s extreme design that’s crafted around the shape of racing cars from the 1950s.
But instead of those grainy smartphone shots, these are the pictures released by Ferrari.
It confirmed that two variants will be available — the SP1, with a single-seat layout, and a two-seat SP2 version, both of which will cost more than £1 million (NZ$1.97m), come with no roof and feel like an F1 car to drive.
The company said the car would be aimed at the brand’s “dedicated clients and collectors” and would hark back to the iconic Ferrari racing barchettas of the past, including the 1948 166 MM and the 750 and 860 Monza.
Just 500 will reportedly be built. The SP1 is said to be designed as an “uncompromising single-seat road car” while the SP2 extends that to take a passenger.
The second configuration also gets a second protective screen and a second roll-bar.
It will be powered by the most potent engine the Maranello outfit has ever made available for the road — an 810hp 6.5-litre V12, which is an upgraded version of the same motor used in the existing 812 Superfast.
That’s more horsepower than the 6.3-litre V12 engine in the LaFerrari hypercar, which produces 800hp (although combined with the electric motor the hybrid produces an unmatched 963hp).
That means it will accelerate at lightening pace, hitting 100km/h from a standstill in just 2.9 seconds.
As for the top speed, although unconfirmed, it is likely to exceed the 339km/h maximum of the 812 Superfast.
This is mainly thanks to the Monza weighing in significantly lighter than the model on which it’s based — in part because it has no roof at all.
Ferrari confirmed the entirety of the bodywork is carbon fibre and the chassis is said to be aluminium to make it as flyweight as possible.
The Italian supercar builder said the form of the vehicle is based around an aerodynamic wing profile, with the complete absence of a roof and windscreen allowing the design team to create some incredible angles.
The result of an exposed cabin also creates a blistering feeling of speed Ferrari says is “normally only experienced by F1 drivers”.
The low-slung nose echoes a 1950s racer, while the rear is a simple design with a full-width light bar and quad exhaust outlets.